A beautiful book for cat lovers and philosophers alike. The artwork is absolutely beautiful and the proverbs that come along with it are excellent. Th...moreA beautiful book for cat lovers and philosophers alike. The artwork is absolutely beautiful and the proverbs that come along with it are excellent. There's real depth here and much to leave you thinking on despite it coming in such a small, cute book. I'll be going back to this book many times if only to remember that sometimes it's best to think like Philosopher Cat. (less)
I'm always torn between feeling bad for Anne Boleyn and hating her. In a way, she kind'a 'dug her own grave' in the way that she isolated herself from...moreI'm always torn between feeling bad for Anne Boleyn and hating her. In a way, she kind'a 'dug her own grave' in the way that she isolated herself from people who could have potentially used their influence to protect her. If she had not been so... high opinionated of herself then maybe she would not have alienated herself. People that had once thought of allying themselves to the Queen were chased away by her. It was pretty obvious that Anne was extremely tempermental, and the blatant disrespect that she showed King Henry--many times in public--also probably lead to some pent up resentment that her husband held for her.
So, in a way, I can see that she... 'had this coming'. I no longer idolize her as completely innocent when I have knowledge of her attitude and the ways that she could have possibly gone about preventing (or at least try to) her situation. She usurped a queen and did not outright contemplate that Henry VII could certainly do it to her.
But, then agan, she is as much a victim as she was a victimizer. Cromwell is obviously a big player in the game to bring the Queen down, and I believe that if he had not egged on the current situation at hand then perhaps Anne could have been given a more... benevolent end. Perhaps, she could have been away at a convent.
I was also pretty intrigued at the idea that all of Anne Boleyn's alleged lovers could have possibly had a history of homosexual behavior/tendencies. I also liked how the author didn't completely put away the idea that Anne may have been guilty of something or another, though not adultery not necessarily having to be the crime.
Overall, a very good and interesting read. It gave me a little bit more info then I already had on the Boleyn case. Not much, but enough to be pleased. I also liked the follow up about Elizabeth and how she was brought into the situation. I was interested to know that Henry VIII did not disown or ponder about the legitimacy of his child, as so many people assert. He was very sheltering and protective of his child in regards to the situation. However, is shown to be neglect in certain aspects of Elizaebth's life, such as providing her with clothing. He was not so forgetful towards her studies and his stress towards virtutous and aged teachers, though.(less)
Interesting words from a great thinker. This proved to be a good read not just for the entertainment but for educational purposes as well. I had read...moreInteresting words from a great thinker. This proved to be a good read not just for the entertainment but for educational purposes as well. I had read it during the early fall and now, during the spring semester of my freshman year of college, my history teacher has decided to present my class with an excerpt from the collections and assign us an essay. I would greatly suggest this to any college student. This book comes in handy in more ways than one and some of his principles can be applied to every day life. Think of "war" as the battles of your personal life. This book is perhaps one of the more useful books that I have ever come to possess.(less)